As you can see the photo of Kelly Ripa in a swimsuit below, she is sure very fit and slim. For a woman who has already crossed the 40-year mark, this is a great body. She recently spoke to Good Housekeeping magazine about her fitness routine, and several things hit me because that has been exactly my experience as well. As far as her exercise routine is concerned, she gets help from personal trainer Anna Kaiser, three times a week, and does cardio ballet, power yoga, spinning, and jogging. She also added that she does not follow a diet but does not obsess about food either. She will eat if she wants something really bad but in general, she tries to make healthy choices every time.
I try to make my heart beat out of my chest, hard-core, once a day for at least a half hour. I think that’s very important: This is very important point that she makes because experts clearly find that you have to make your heart pump really hard every day. You really have to sweat it out in order for it to happen. I have found that running is the best and easiest way to do it.
If I don’t do it every day, I won’t do it at all: Now some people are more disciplined and they can go twice a week or thrice a week to the gym and never miss a workout, but the vast majority of us need more discipline. What I have found is that going 2-3 times a week does not work for me because that is not a routine. Many doctors suggest taking a day or two a week break from workouts so she might be pushing it a bit, but I have a rule that if I am going to work, I WILL workout. That makes it five days a week and when there is a holiday, I will miss my workout. During my vacations, I often search for hotels with a gym and can squeeze a workout just to feel refreshed from more than normal alcohol.
Before I started exercising, I was exhausted all the time: Now this is counter-intuitive because I used to think that exercise will make you tired. When I started to work out I found out that I had a lot more energy and felt really good all day. I also slept so much better after the day was over.
If you worked out, you’d feel so much better, and it would quiet your mind down: I have also concluded that running each morning clears my mind and I am much more calm emotionally. I feel good inside and have a lot more peace in my brain.
It (jogging) was like a drug. The gateway drug is the treadmill: Exactly the same thing happened to me and I read that when we run our body produces the same hormones that we have during other pleasurable activities like lovemaking or eating a great meal or enjoying something entertaining. I have realized that after about 30 minutes of running, my head becomes clear and I get this intense feeling of something good inside me. It is hard to describe but it is very addictive, almost like a recreational drug. It is amazing that I cannot wait to workout each morning.